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Camreal

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Posted: 07/26/20 03:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ive had sway problems in past on trailers and it almost always turns out to be
tongue weight.

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Posted: 07/26/20 04:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Getting truck and camper weights with and without the camper connected is the first step. You may have removed weight from the front axles with improper WDH adjustments. Unloading the front causes an unstable feel in the steering wheel. Verify your truck front axle weighs close to the same with and without the trailer connected.

Air up your truck tires to max pressure as stated on the tire sidewall will help. Timbrens will help. Unfortunately, I don't think you can ever totally eliminate the push/pull feel you get when passing large trucks or the effect of crosswind.


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You need some friction to resist minor sway from gusty winds and passing trucks. An Equalizer 4 point or a Reese Straight Line will do the job but they’re a bit noisy.

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Simple first step. Move some weight from behind the axle to in front of the axle (or eliminate it entirely - such as water in a tank behind the axle), which will increase your tongue weight, and see if that helps.

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From the way its discribed , im thinking a bit of sidewall roll in the TV rear tires thats why i asked what kind of sway. A slight feeling of sway in the rear can be due to underinflated tires, or needing something with a stiffer sidewall. I know some are aginst LTs on a 1/2 ton. But i had this myself when i gad the half ton. Lt tires fixed it. The rear was moving a bit, enough so you had to make a lot of small corections while driving. This feeling was worsened buy any outs5ode force as the op descibed. Yes, toung weight is always importent. And knowing you weights.but sometimes its a combination of things.


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Thanks for the help.

Sounds like there are several possible problems ranging from wrong set up to tire issues. Before I do anything I will get the weights. I found a truck stop about 45 minutes away that has CAT scales available to use. My hope is to get there either this Tuesday or Wednesday.

If you guys are willing to continue to help, after I get my weights I will reply back with all the figures.

Several of you have mentioned tires as a possibility> My tires are Goodyear HT. I guess that is basically passenger tires? Currently, the tire pressure is 39 with the max on side of tires 51 psi.

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Yes, we are more than happy to help. Get the weights and get back to us.
As far as tire pressures. We need to know what kinfpd of tires and the tire size. And gen the weights will,help us from there.


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I would try airing up the rear tires on the truck and see if it makes a diffrence when you tow it to the weight station. You can get exact numbers from these guys later , if it helps you will have peice of mind that its easily solvable.

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allkidd wrote:

I found a truck stop about 45 minutes away that has CAT scales available to use.


I highly recommend using the CAT app. You can pay and get your weights without leaving the truck. It knows if your doing a reweigh and charges you accordingly. You can watch several you-tube videos to help you through the process.


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Don't forget that you need 3 weights.
1. Tow vehicle front axle, tow vehicle rear axle, trailer axle(s)-all while still hooked up like you tow.
2. The same but with the weight distribution bars disconnected/removed.
3. The tow vehicle axles without the trailer.


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